Wrong-Way Collision Injured Police Officer in Miami-Dade
MIAMI, FL- Patch.com writes that a police officer in Miami-Dade is currently stable following a collision on State Road 874. The incident occurred when a woman traveling in a Volkswagen entered the southbound lanes of traffic driving north. The wrong-way driver also struck a Jeep before hitting the officer’s vehicle.*
The woman in the Volkswagen died at the scene of the wreck, and the other two drivers, including the officer, were taken to the Jackson Medical Center, where they are reportedly in stable condition. Reports did not release details regarding the identities of the victims.
Divided Highways Reduce the Risk of Head-on Collisions
Wrong-way collisions are uncommon types of crashes that occur when a driver enters a divided highway traveling against the flow of traffic. These incidents cause violent impacts as the forces involved are intense. Divided highways are protected by medians which prevent vehicles from driving into oncoming traffic. These roads allow drivers to travel at higher speeds, which lead to deadlier collisions.
When roads are designed, they often include safeguards intended to prevent people from entering traffic heading in the wrong direction. There are often duplicate signs in place to warn drivers if they are about to turn onto an exit ramp rather than an entrance ramp. Because of the safeguards in place to prevent people from making such a catastrophic mistake, these types of crashes are rare. When a driver does enter the wrong way, alcohol, severe drowsiness, or drugs are often involved.
These crashes are often difficult for drivers traveling in the right direction to avoid. There is not much space to swerve out of the way, and the incident can happen very quickly.
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Sources:https://patch.com/florida/miami/miami-dade-police-officer-injured-wrong-way-crash and https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/intersection/other_topics/wwd/